Brian K. Hill said today he was suspending his campaing for U.S. Senate after failing to gather sufficient signatures to earn a place on the Republican primary ballot.

In a five-candidate field, only Chris Shays had more than the required 15 percent of the GOP convention vote to automatically qualify for the primary against the convention winner, Linda McMahon.

“I plan to support the eventual Republican nominee,” Hill said. “It is very unfortunate that we did not get enough Republican volunteers to help get the 8,319 petition signatures from Republican voters, but we would like to thank those who did sign and offer to assist.”

Mark is the Capitol Bureau Chief and a co-founder of CT Mirror. He is a frequent contributor to WNPR, a former state politics writer for The Hartford Courant and Journal Inquirer, and contributor for The New York Times.

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